Title: Into the Heat
Author: Tamara Lush
Release Date: January 20 2016
Tatted, war-weary veteran Leo Villeneuve found and lost love at eighteen, so his return to Palmira Island, Florida, is not only a quest to make right his wrongs, but a chance to recover the one thing he's always truly wanted: Jessica Clarke.
INTO THE HEAT...
After he was forced to leave Jessica behind, Leo's next years became a hell of his own making, with a tour in Afghanistan with the Marines and an ocean of regret. Things have only gotten worse. Scarred and on the run, but trying desperately to make things right, there is only one place he can go. Palmira Island is Jessica's home. The beauty of Florida's sand and surf are a perfect backdrop for her family-run bed-and-breakfast, a business she's sworn to keep up after the death of her mother. And perhaps the sun is rising after the dark night of the past year. Certainly it's getting hotter. She spots a man on the beach and he's tatted, muscular...and the boy who took her virginity so many years before. Why has he returned, and are his scars anything like her own? Secrets abound, but in weather like this everything must be revealed.
Together, bared and vulnerable, Leo and Jess might just get to that hot, sweet place that reconciles the past with a fire that will burn forever.
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First love and second chances...
When Leo returns from war he is suffering PTSD after his experiences in Afghanistan. He is a deeply broken man, suffering from nightmares, sleep walking and anxiety attacks. When he leaves home for Florida, to try to heal, he doesn't count on running into his first and only love Jessica. Jessica is still wounded from the way their relationship ended and the way her life has gone since. Crazy in love with Leo she couldn't understand why he left her without a word. She is now running her mother's hotel, while he is setting up a bakery in the town. The sparks are most certainly still there but can forgiveness be found and given? Jessica has never felt in control of her own life, with her mother's interference with Leo, and her sister's interference in her life now, never listening to what she wants from life.
Two wounded souls coming together to heal the other but can the past and the secrets it contains be put behind them or will it destroy them again? These characters made you want to gather them up and bring them under your wing, as they both struggle to deal with the events of their past. Whilst Leo seems more broken and his scars can be clearly seen on an emotional and a physical level, Jessica keeps hers close to her never really having anyone to talk to about them. The beauty lies in the healing and dealing with the past. This was a beautifully written book that completely wrapped you up in it's story, not wanting to let it go.
During the day, Tamara Lush writes news as a journalist with The Associated Press. At night, she writes fictional romance tales about complicated, sexy men and the women who love them. Her first novel, HOT SHADE, was published in September 2015 with Boroughs Publishing Group. INTO THE HEAT is her second novel. When Tamara isn’t reporting, writing or reading, she’s doing yoga, cooking for her Italian husband or chasing her dogs on a beach on Florida's Gulf Coast. She loves connecting with people on social media.
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